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Trump's secretary of State nominee told senators that the US should deny access to China's man-made islands in the disputed region, a move that Chinese state media warned could lead to war.
Taiwanese President Tsai may meet with Trump administration officials during layovers on her upcoming trip to Central America – testing both Taiwan-US ties and China's resolve to diplomatically isolate the island.
Seen as China's most powerful leader in decades, President Xi could secure his hold for years to come at the next Party Congress. In the South China Sea, a potential flashpoint, Beijing has already signaled its dominance.
The long workaholic and now more affluent Taiwanese, familiar with the leisure culture elsewhere in the world, are dedicating themselves to their children as well as their employers. The shift in work-life balance becomes law Jan. 1.
Chinese officials had expected the president-elect, as a businessman, to be focused on negotiable issues between the US and China. But Trump's Taiwan tweets have upended their expectations.
As she marks 100 days in office, President Tsai Ing-wen move toward less cozy ties with the mainland is being greeted with middling marks at home. But Beijing seems to be accepting it, for now.
Recent deportations of Taiwanese members of fraud rings to Beijing has won gradual acceptance from Taiwan – despite what that might mean to Taiwan's diplomatic status.
Beijing had 45 Taiwanese citizens deported from Kenya to China on fraud charges, a move Taiwan calls 'kidnapping.' It's just one of the ways that Beijing is sending a message to President-elect Tsai Ing-wen to not try to distance Taiwan from mainland China.
Elected in January in a landslide win for her opposition party, Tsai Ing-wen is focused on reviving Taiwan's economic fortunes and revisiting ties with China.
China says its buildup of islands and reefs in the disputed waters is 'defensive' in nature. US military officials vow to continue flyovers and naval passage.
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